Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Updated September 2020
Prosper ISD will update this page as necessary in an effort to keep our community well informed about all the happenings throughout the school district. If at any time you would like additional information regarding any item, please do not hesitate to contact the main number at 469-219-2000.
ALL visitors are required to check in at the front office during school hours before entering any PISD building – see http://www.prosper-isd.net/cms
During the COVID-19 nationwide pandemic, additional measures may be in place by the campus to reduce exposure on campus.
You can call us, email us, or submit a question anonymously (on website) if preferred. Our goal is to respond to you within 24 hours; however, we can only respond if you provide an email or phone number. Prosper ISD Chat (on the district website) is a great way to have your questions answered.
The current alignment was announced by the UIL in February of 2020. The competitive district is as follows:
(Region 1 - District 5) - Allen, Denton Braswell, Denton Guyer, Little Elm, McKinney, McKinney Boyd, Prosper
This alignment will last through the 2021-2022 school year. The next alignment will be announced February of 2022.
The current alignment was announced by the UIL in February of 2020. The competitive district is as follows:
Football (Division 2 - Region 2 - District 7) - Denison, Frisco High, Frisco Lebanon Trail, Frisco Liberty, Frisco Memorial, Lake Dallas, Lovejoy, Princeton, Rock Hill
Everything Else (Region 2 - District 10) - Denison, Lewisville The Colony, Lovejoy, McKinney North, Princeton, Rock Hill, Sherman, Wylie East
This alignment will last through the 2021-2022 school year. The next alignment will be announced February of 2022.
UIL classification is based on the high school enrollment ONLY (it has nothing to do with district enrollment or enrollment on elementary and middle school campuses). The classifications are as follows for 2020-2022:
1A (104.9 & below) 2A (105-229) 3A (230-514) 4A (515-1229) 5A (1230 - 2219) 6A (2220 & Above)
The new alignment was announced in February of 2020.
The territory of Prosper ISD extends into six municipalities (Town of Prosper, City of Frisco, City of McKinney, City of Celina, Collin County, and Denton County). PISD had a resource officer that was shared with the Town of Prosper several years ago, but in the end that person was restricted to the “Town of Prosper” only and experienced time management conflicts. An officer of PISD will have jurisdiction across all the campuses whereas otherwise we would be dependent on the various departments of the different municipalities. This will help us improve communication with everyone AND strengthen our partnerships. Prosper ISD will have at least one officer for every PISD campus beginning in August 2019. As in the past, the Prosper PD will continue to work with us regarding security at events and all issues within the Town of Prosper. Our hope is also that this will help begin to bridge the gap between cops and kids. Although there is the obvious “enforcement” component to this, the PISD police will also have an educational agenda as we begin to work with our younger students about the importance of law enforcement along with making good decisions.
PISD continues to run drills and simulate mock situations on each campus to ensure preparedness. We are also working to make sure that access to our schools continues to be very controlled and restricted. The ISD continues to evaluate other options that pertain to an increased presence of armed security at events and campuses. Unfortunately, we cannot control “madness”, but we certainly want to do our due diligence in preparing for the unthinkable in a reasonable way that does not punitively compromise the school experience. We are also partnering with other local police departments in a new initiative called Priority ONE. We invite any uniformed officers to eat (for free) at any of our secondary campuses to add yet another layer of law enforcement visibility on our campuses. And finally, we have added parking lot security for PHS during the school day as well. Your input in this area is always welcomed.
During the COVID-19 nationwide pandemic, additional safety measures for cleaning, sanitizing and limiting exposure have been put in place to protect students and staff. For more information, view our FAQ on the district COVID-19 site.
THIS is one of the key components of the District's Strategic Plan. Prosper ISD staff members have received extensive training and Hope Squads have been established to enlist the help of fellow students in a specific and targeted way to support one another. This area is very important for the district and the Hope Squad approach will ultimately extend to all campuses. More information on this topic can be found on the district website.
The State of Texas Department of Public Safety maintains a current registry of all sex offenders who have registered with the state. The database can be sorted by name, address, and zip code. The school district does not maintain this list. This link https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffenderRegistry is offered only as a service to our PISD families. Contact the Texas Department of Public Safety for additional information.
We attempt to evaluate our growth beyond today in an effort to minimize movement from one year to the next. We understand the value of stability, but growth sometimes does not allow for everyone to simply stay where they wish. Zoning for the 2020-21 school year are available on the district website.
This is what we hope to evolve to once we have enough schools. Unfortunately, due to the current size and geographic location of our schools, it would be extremely difficult to implement that approach with this rezoning. For example, we can’t just say the current Baker, Folsom, Hughes, Spradley and Cockrell zones go to Rogers and Windsong Ranch, Rucker, Boyer and Light Farms go to Reynolds because the imbalance would be too significant (the differential would be 800+ students). Unfortunately, there are no simple or clean answers.
Due to our ongoing growth, we will need to evaluate this during the zoning change when we have more concrete campus enrollment numbers. However, given our growth projections, it is highly unlikely that students will be allowed to remain at their old campus (referred to as “grandfathered”).
This continues to be evaluated, but the two targets right now are in Auburn Hills (in the SE portion of the ISD) and in Windsong Ranch (in the W portion of the ISD). The timing and location of these projects are still under discussion and will be decided at a later date.
Johnson Elementary, Rushing Middle and Rock Hill High Schools all opened in the Fall of 2020.
IF growth continues at this pace, we will need to open several new campuses. The current plan includes:
HS #3 Start September 2021 - Open August 2024
MS #5 Start August 2021 - Open August 2023 or Start August 2022 - Open August 2024
ES #13 Start Monday - Open August 2021
Dual language has found its home and it is Rucker Elementary – hopefully that will not change in the foreseeable future. We understand the importance of stability for students and staff, but at the end of the day enrollment will ultimately drive these decisions. Pre-K is currently offered at Cockrell, Furr, Hughes, Light Farms, and Windsong Ranch Elementary Schools but could relocate in the future based on availability of space.
Currently, our twelve elementary schools serve grades K-5 (Pre-K is located at Cockrell, Furr, Hughes, Light Farms, and Windsong Ranch), Rogers, Reynolds, Rushing, and Hays serve 6-8, and PHS and RHHS serves 9-12.
Well, the answer is complicated yet simple. The I&S (Interest and Sinking) tax rate is the portion of the rate that is applied for the debt incurred by selling bonds and is capped by the State at 50 cents. PISD is currently at the cap of 50 cents; therefore, in order to access more bond money, we must be able to apply that 50-cent rate to NEW value (homes, commercial, retail, etc.). ISDs are allowed to use 5-year projections in order to pass the 50-cent test and PISD continues to evaluate all possibilities in an effort to pass the required 50-cent test to sell additional bonds for construction projects. All sales must ultimately be approved by the Office of the Attorney General.
Essentially, once authorization is granted through an election, bonds are sold against the value of property within the boundaries of the district. Prosper ISD has currently sold all the bonds that it can against the current value (those that already live in Prosper ISD). A bond issue would grant the district to sell bonds against the new value (all the new homes and businesses that come to PISD after today). Current home owners grant authorization through an election to sell bonds against the new value (new homes and businesses) that are coming to Prosper ISD.
The short answer is… HORRIBLY! The State arrived at a solution that was good for many and horrible for a few – PISD falls into the “few” category. PISD is losing millions each year via the new legislation, which will certainly impact how we do what we do so PISD does not celebrate HB3 with others (more info to come). Moreover, it is our belief that this new system is not even sustainable and will require a new state overhaul within the next few years. Until then, Prosper ISD will be required to go back to the voters for additional funds in order to maintain the same level of quality.
At this time, PISD is not accepting out-of-district transfers. Current transfer students were “grandfathered” and permitted to stay in Prosper provided that they continue to meet the local requirements regarding discipline, attendance, and academic performance. PISD currently has less than 100 out-of-district transfer students who do not either have a contract on a house or one under construction. These students make up less than 1% of the total enrollment of the nearly 19,500 students. Under the rules of the UIL, transfer students are ineligible to compete in varsity competition for one full calendar year beginning from the date of enrollment. PISD is not accepting additional transfer students at this time.
Very similar to above, due to the space limitations on each elementary campus, PISD has been VERY restrictive on campus-to-campus transfer requests. Although intradistrict requests are discouraged, PISD will evaluate requests based on availability of space and staff and the merits of the requests. All of our elementary schools are excellent, so there would be no need to transfer for academic reasons. Approval is extremely rare.
Understanding that all concerns are somewhat unique, the best protocol would be in this order: Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Deputy Superintendent, Superintendent, and then School Board. Our goal is always to resolve the concern/dispute at the “lowest” possible level, which is the level closest to the specific concern. Although an “informal” process is preferred, “formal” documents are provided online for those wishing to pursue their concerns more formally.
PISD has gone almost 100% electronic. Anyone can go to the district website and sign up (FREE) for any organizational, activity, grade level, campus, or district newsletters. For parents, Skyward is the most efficient way to monitor their child’s academic progress. PISD also has a Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter account. The PISD A Few Minutes is also a weekly video message from the superintendent about happenings around the district. We strive to keep you completely informed through various mediums and we welcome ideas on how to improve this in any area that we might be falling short.
Regular school board meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 in the PISD Board Room unless otherwise posted. Periodically, the time may change or the actual date may change based on special circumstances. An example would be if the third Monday falls during a school holiday (i.e. Thanksgiving week), the board may choose to move that meeting to either the Monday before or the Monday after. All regular meetings are held on Mondays, so if there is a change from the regular third Monday it will typically be moved to another “Monday” date. Special board meetings may be scheduled at any time or any day. All meetings are duly posted at the PISD Administration Building and the PISD Website.
The Town of Prosper makes up only about 55% of PISD (so please do not get confused when comparing PISD demographic reports with that of the Town’s). PISD also goes into the City of McKinney (east of Custer), City of Frisco (south of 380), City of Celina (north of Frontier Pkwy/1461), and Denton County on the far west side of our district. PISD is approximately 57 square miles.
Noting that everything ultimately depends on how the different municipalities zone their respective areas of our ISD, PISD is expecting approximately 50,000-60,000 students, which would be housed in about 30-40 elementary schools, 8-10 middle schools, and 6-8 high schools (maintaining the 5A model). Note that there will be a number of support and district-level facilities as well.
PISD made the decision years ago that the value of smaller schools is worth the investment. As schools get larger it is easier for students to get lost in the crowd – every decision we make is to help control those numbers so that students’ emotional, physical, and academic health are treated as a premium and protected. Simply stated, bigger schools have bigger cracks for kids to fall through and that is just unacceptable. Admittedly, it is less expensive to build 4-5 6A (4,000+ students) high schools versus nearly 8 5A (about 2,000 students) high schools, but the mental and emotional health along with the overall student success is worth that investment.
Baker Elementary - Classroom Capacity (700-750) Core Capacity (900)
Boyer Elementary - Classroom Capacity (700-750) Core Capacity (900)
Cockrell Elementary - Classroom Capacity (700-750) Core Capacity (900)
Folsom Elementary - Classroom Capacity (700-750) Core Capacity (900)
Furr Elementary - Classroom Capacity (700-750) Core Capacity (900)
Hughes Elementary - Classroom Capacity (700-750) Core Capacity (900)
Johnson Elementary - Classroom Capacity (700-750) Core Capacity (900)
Light Farms Elementary - Classroom Capacity (700-750) Core Capacity (900)
Rucker Elementary - Classroom Capacity (700-750) Core Capacity (900)
Spradley Elementary - Classroom Capacity (700-750) Core Capacity (900)
Stuber Elementary - Classroom Capacity (700-750) Core Capacity (900)
Windsong Ranch Elementary - Classroom Capacity (700-750) Core Capacity (900)
Hays MS - Classroom Capacity (900-1000) Core Capacity (1250)
Reynolds MS - Classroom Capacity (900-1000) Core Capacity (1250)
Rogers MS - Classroom Capacity (900-1000) Core Capacity (1250)
Rushing MS - Classroom Capacity (900-1000) Core Capacity (1250)
Prosper HS - Classroom Capacity (2000-2500) Core Capacity (3000+)
Rock Hill HS - Classroom Capacity (2000-2500) Core Capacity (3000+)
“Core Capacity” refers to common spaces like gyms, cafeterias, restrooms, office space, hallways, libraries, etc. It is also important to note that portable buildings increase the classroom capacity.
Baker Elementary Classroom Capacity (700) 938 Core Capacity (900)
Boyer Elementary Classroom Capacity (700) 949 Core Capacity (900)
Folsom Elementary Classroom Capacity (700) 815 Core Capacity (900)
Furr Elementary Classroom Capacity (700) 784 Core Capacity (900)
Cockrell Elementary Classroom Capacity (700) 945 Core Capacity (900)
Hughes Elementary Classroom Capacity (700) 804 Core Capacity (900)
Light Farms Elementary Classroom Capacity (700) 802 Core Capacity (900)
Rucker Elementary Classroom Capacity (700) 687 Core Capacity (450)
Spradley Elementary Classroom Capacity (700) 712 Core Capacity (900)
Stuber Elementary Classroom Capacity (700) 840 Core Capacity (900)
Windsong Elementary Classroom Capacity (700) 858 Core Capacity (900)
Hays MS Classroom Capacity (1000) 1274 Core Capacity (1250)
Reynolds MS Classroom Capacity (1000) 1592 Core Capacity (1250)
Rogers MS Classroom Capacity (1000) 1180 Core Capacity (1250)
Prosper HS Classroom Capacity (2500) 4101 Core Capacity (3000)
*Classroom Capacity is what is preferred based on the scheduled use of those rooms. When a building exceeds that “preferred” capacity then we have to utilize all specialty areas for regular classrooms and consider portable buildings.
Unfortunately yes – given the constraints of state funding and the velocity of our growth, the District is unable to build schools fast enough to accommodate the student growth. Currently almost every campus in PISD has portable buildings to accommodate overflow. These buildings are secured by fencing and badge-accessed gates on all of the elementary and middle school campuses. The velocity of student growth will determine Prosper’s ongoing reliance on portable buildings to accommodate students.
When starting a discussion about public school funding, it is sometimes better understood by making some correlations between school budgets and home budgets. Prosper ISD (along with all other school districts) has two basic tax rates that generate a majority of the funding for our school system. The first tax rate is commonly called the Maintenance and Operation Tax and is referred to as M & O. This tax is levied to fund the basic operations of the schools. Everything from electricity to salaries is encompassed under this umbrella much like bills that we pay as individuals such as utilities, insurance and groceries. The second tax rate is levied in order to pay for our construction projects that have been previously voter approved. This tax is commonly called I&S or Interest and Sinking tax. An individual budget would correlate this tax to a home mortgage payment.
Let’s first examine how our operations budget is funded. We reference the term current law when speaking to school finance due to the volatility of the system and the numerous changes that have affected school finance in recent years. Some basics of the system however have been consistent through the years. The funding sources for school systems come from three main sources. The first and obviously largest amount of funding is from school property taxes. The second source comes through the State Foundation School Program and this portion is designated as revenue from the State. The third source of revenue available to schools is from federal funding and is primarily based on the number of students that receive free and reduced lunches (which is a very small amount in PISD).
This information is very important for stakeholders of the district to understand. The State contribution to Prosper ISD has decreased and continues to be on the decline. Specifically, the State will only be contributing approximately 25% of the 2020-2021 budget with the remainder coming from local tax dollars. Ironically, as the State share decreases they continue to impose legislation to reduce “local” control.
There are really only two mechanisms to build schools. One, which basically no school district can do – especially fast growth districts, is simply pay cash. Philosophically that sounds great, but it is just not feasible. The other way to fund the construction of schools is through voted bonds. For those who might have an objection to voted debt, honestly I do not disagree; however, the reality is that this is the ONLY mechanism that state allows school districts to build schools. We can’t even go to the bank and get a loan to build a school under the current system, which is counter-intuitive. So, I always encourage you to contact our state legislators and make the case to better fund schools and provide various means to build schools – especially in fast growth school districts like Prosper ISD.
Given that there are still too many unknown variables, it is unlikely this will change. The State discourages this practice by providing NO funding for transporting students who live within two miles of their school. PISD has attempted to absorb this cost in the past, but the uncertainty of future funding restricts this and other areas of PISD.
The primary variable that will affect this will be the availability of buses (and drivers). If PISD has spare buses that could be utilized without compromising other routes or organizational events, this “may” be available as an option in the future. Today, however, those living within the 2-mile area are ineligible for school transportation.
NO! When you hear of discussions about “zoning”, please know that is in reference to zones “within” PISD pertaining to which neighborhoods will attend which PISD schools. Please ignore any talk about your area being removed from PISD.
Yes – many of our campuses have “Bully Reporting Boxes” where students can write down their complaint or concern and place it in the box (near the front office). Moreover, EVERY campus has a form on the homepage of their respective campus websites where anything of this nature can be reported completely anonymously if so desired. Moreover, the district has also implemented a new electronic mechanism (“No Bullying Zone”) to anonymously report misconduct, vandalism, mistreatment, drugs, etc. so that we can work to best ensure the safest environment for our students. We recognize that it is sometimes difficult for students to come forward, so we have tried to make it as easy and as “private” as possible.
tip411 is a method in which reports can be made regarding unsafe, criminal or suspicious behavior at school.
The bullying report links can be found under the parent tab and "No Bully Zone" and "tip411" is also found under the parent tab.
“Prosper ISD Chat” is also another way to reach out to district officials.
These committees are made up of teachers, parents, community, and business representatives that serve as advisory committees to the campus principal and the district superintendent. If you have an interest in serving in such a capacity, please contact your campus principal. Members of the various campus committees are pulled together to comprise the district committee.
Prosper ISD has been investing a significant amount of time in developing a comprehensive system to build a strong, community-reflective, highly effective curriculum in every area of instruction. The Prosper ISD Curriculum Department will provide learners an aligned, well-articulated and assessed curriculum that is engaging and innovative while reaching the specific and diverse needs of all students. The purpose of education is to impart knowledge, concepts, processes, and attitudes necessary for all student to successfully function in an ever-changing environment. The district recognizes and values the unique characteristics of its students and commits to providing an educational program designed to meet state requirements as well as developing each student's innate talents.
Baker Elementary - Ashley Gannon
Boyer Elementary - David Bill
Cockrell Elementary - Glenda Dophied
Folsom Elementary - Stephanie Cockrell
Furr Elementary - Cindy Zukowski
Hughes Elementary - Kim Newman
Johnson Elementary - Alissa Andrews
Light Farms Elementary - Haley Stelly
Rucker Elementary - Shelly Spears
Spradley Elementary - Machelle Scogin
Stuber Elementary - Dr. Jennifer Hinson
Windsong Ranch Elementary - Kardel Miller
Hays Middle School - Nick Jones
Reynolds Middle School - Justin Goldsmith
Rogers Middle School - Jason Jetton
Rushing Middle School - Danielle Wallace
PHS - Dr. John Burdett
RHHS - Dustin Toth
DAEP - Shelia Winter
*As with many other positions, campus principals are subject to change.
In order for us to be unified in what our ultimate purpose as a district is, we must work collectively as a school community and we must all understand what our ultimate aims are for each and every student. In order for this to happen, we have developed the Prosper ISD Graduate Profile. The five components of the graduate profile are used as foundational principles in the daily curriculum and activities of who we are as Prosper ISD. We have chosen to not leave these things to chance, but to plan them by choice. When our graduates ultimately walk across the stage at graduation, it will not be solely about the certain amount of credits being reached or a certain GPA, it will be about who they are as young men and young women collectively because of their time in Prosper ISD. The collective stakeholders and communities that serve Prosper ISD work together so that our students, exhibit academic readiness, seek the opportunities and challenges of learning, demonstrate well-rounded characteristics, value honor and respect of others and contribute towards community through involvement.